Monthly Archives: May 2014

Elliot Rodger and the NRA myth: How the gun lobby scapegoats mental illness

Elliot Rodger and the NRA myth: How the gun lobby scapegoats mental illness Elliot Rodger’s Santa Barbara rampage that killed seven people (including the gunman) is just one of a series in the United States over the last two months.  … Continue reading

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Let teens talk about mental illness

Let teens talk about mental illness Two high school students — managing editors at their school newspaper in Ann Arbor, Michigan — wrote a distressing op-ed that appeared recently in The New York Times. Madeline Halpert, a junior, and Eva Rosenfeld, … Continue reading

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Special report: Can forced treatment for mental illness curb mass violence?

Special report: Can forced treatment for mental illness curb mass violence? Many families with adults who are severely mentally ill face painful conflicts when the family members refuse to believe they are ill and will not stay in treatment. Some … Continue reading

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Experts make the case for more services during Mental Health Awareness Month

Experts make the case for more services during Mental Health Awareness Month Here is some unsettling news: One out of two Americans will become mentally ill at some point in their lives. And roughly one in four suffer now from … Continue reading

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Fighting mental health stigma is goal of new Greater Kansas City Mental Health Coalition Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/05/21/5037711/fighting-mental-health-stigma.html#storylink=cpy

Fighting mental health stigma is goal of new Greater Kansas City Mental Health Coalition  “I remember feeling so bewildered about it, ‘What do we do?’ ” he said. “One of the reasons for the stigma is that people believe that mental … Continue reading

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For a more productive life, daydream

For a more productive life, daydream Though Protestant work ethic-driven Americans have tended to worry about the devil holding sway in idle time, it turns out idle time is crucial for creativity, innovation and breakthrough thinking. And now we know … Continue reading

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Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability

Brene Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well … Continue reading

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Bringing the Early Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorders Into Focus

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, autism advocacy groups and researchers have all drawn attention to the importance of the early detection of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to make access to early … Continue reading

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Only 10% of alcoholics get meds to treat addiction

Only 10% of alcoholics get meds to treat addiction Ask the average person how to treat alcoholism, and they’ll probably describe an AA meeting or maybe a 30-day stint in a fancy rehab center. What won’t leap to mind, even … Continue reading

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How I learned to live after trying to end my life

How I learned to live after trying to end my life I am a mother, a wife, a college graduate, an executive, a marathon runner and a member of the church choir. And I am mentally ill. I attempted suicide … Continue reading

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